Going into Sunday’s final round of the RBC Canadian Open, only Tim Clark had a legitimate chance of catching two-time tournament champ Jim Furyk at Royal Montreal, but even three shots was a lot to make up on a guy who had played as flawlessly as it gets over the first three rounds.
Furyk continued his style, the only hiccup being a bogey on the fourth hole on Sunday after he had gone 53 holes without one. He added a couple of birdies to finish with a one-under 69 as he watched Clark get bigger and more ominous in his rear view mirror over the back nine.
The South African birdied five of his final eight holes to finish with a five-under 65 to close the deal at 17 under, one ahead of Furyk, a 16-time PGA Tour champion who hasn’t won since the 2010 Tour Championship.
It was the second PGA Tour win for Clark, who also won the 2010 Players Championship, while Furyk remains winless in his last seven tournaments in which he’s held the 54-hole lead.
Clark is no stranger to winning in Canada. His first two professional victories came in 1998 on what is now PGA Tour Canada at the New Brunswick Open and the Canadian PGA Championship.
Canadian Graham DeLaet, who started the day seven shots off the lead, was one over when he made the turn, but put up three birdies on the back nine to finish with a two-under 68, which left him tied for seventh at 10 under.
DeLaet wasn’t the only Canadian to crack the top 10 as Brad Fritsch of nearby Manotick, Ont., finished with six-under 64 that included four birdies and an eagle. All but one of his birdies came on the back nine, including the eagle as Fritsch tied for ninth at nine under.
American Dicky Pride became the third player this week to shoot a 63 and tie the course record after DeLaet and Furyk posted a similar score earlier in the week.
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Below is what Clark had to say, followed by Furyk’s comments.